Boehner's Boys are Back for More:
Five House Republican Congressmen are "Freshmen" a Second Time
From a "good old friend" to "the person he would want to be in a foxhole with," John Boehner will have plenty of pals back in his club when Congress reconvenes in January. Get to know the folks who are part of Boehner's cozy reunion -- it's déjà vu all over again.
Steve Chabot (OH-01)
John Boehner once said, "If I am going to be in a foxhole, I want to be in a foxhole with Steve Chabot." Well, Boehner gets his wish as Chabot returns for a second round in the House. And Chabot's not above using his pals in high places to get there himself -- he wants to "rekindle relationships" with former colleagues to secure plum committee assignments that might be out of reach for the average freshman.
Also out of reach for the average freshman? A big office. But not for Steve Chabot -- he's avoided the plague of the cramped newbie space by getting an earlier pick in the office space lottery. He selected a "spacious new office suite" in the Rayburn building. So it's not exactly a foxhole, unless you're used to marble floors in the trenches.
Charlie Bass (NH-02)
Perennial Congressman Charlie Bass is back -- and Boehner assures his old buddy that he'll do "everything he can" to return Charlie his former membership to the powerful House Energy Committee. Bass naturally has Boehner's back -- he expects to be a key player in Boehner's scheme to dismantle health care reform. Like the old saying goes: you scratch my back, and I'll help you take away health coverage from children and families.
Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
A Boehner bargain! With breakfast at "only $1,000 per person," everyone could afford to attend the fundraiser in August 2010 for Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Meehan, held at the Flourtown Clubhouse. Fear not -- those who brought their everyday golf clubs could still get their omelets AND a round of the game for a mere $2,500. Ain't that America!
Tim Walberg (MI-07)
One can only imagine Walberg's relief at being able to reunite with his "good old friend" Boehner after being voted out in 2008. In fact, Walberg lived in such hope of the reunion that he never got around to unpacking his belongings from his first term in Congress. Now he has the thrill of reloading those boxes into his congressional office. Lest you think there isn't a diversity of opinion among Boehner's buddies, do not fret! In fact, Tim Walberg is so open-minded that he's completely willing to contemplate total non-facts regarding President Obama. Tim: "we don't have enough information about this president" to say whether or not he's a Muslim or was born in the U.S. Birtherific!
Steve Pearce (NM-02)
Hearty congratulations to Steve Pearce, who has deservedly earned the distinction of being named one of the most corrupt members of Congress -- not once (the first honor was in 2007), but twice (again in 2008). Here's looking at 2011, Steve!